Bhubaneswar , 16 / 9 ( Odisha Samachar / Abhisek Mohanty ) : With Durga Puja round the corner, Puja Committees across the city are in middle of their preparations and denizens are gearing up to celebrate Durga Puja in full swing. The Hindu festival keeps the tradition of worshiping Goddess Durga alive with vigour and devotion.
The Sarbajanina Puja Committee of Unit-4 is all set to celebrate Durga Puja with traditional fervor as per previous practice. The officials of Old A.G. Colony are organizing this celebration in which they usually give stress on Puja not on decorations. The Puja was started by the Bengali people working in Accountants General, Odisha. “The Committee is the second oldest among all others in the State capital and we are in the 58th year of the celebration” said Committee’s Executive Member Ajay Kumar Das.
According to Das, all the rituals will be performed basing on Bengali style, as the Bengalis of Old A.G. Colony have started this Puja here. Traditionally, the Murti makers are from Cuttack, as their forefathers have been Karigars since years. Besides Arati and Puspanjali, the festival would include Bhog on Mahasaptami, Mahastami and Mahanabami, where Khichdi will be distributed to the devotees. ‘Sandhi Puja’ of Maa Durga is the main attraction here. Devotees in large numbers gather at the Puja Pandal to perform the Puja. Temporary shops, food stalls and toy stores for children will be some other attractions during the festival. Bhajan Samaroha will also be organized on Dashami to attract more devotees. At the time of immersion (Bisarjan), Bengali women contribute Sindoor, which is a major event here. Married women greet Sindoor on Devi’s forehead for one last, when she leaves, which is a complete Bengali tradition. Most of the devotees visit this Mandap because of peaceful and systematic celebration of Durga Puja. Special attraction is the procession that goes individually basing on traditional instruments and dances including Ghoda Nacha and Kela Keluni.etc.